Dealing with your feelings:
Losing your job through redundancy is a huge adjustment to make. You might feel a range of emotions from shock, anger, resentment and relief in such a short space of time. Be sure to give yourself time and space to deal with all these emotions. You might find it helpful to speak to others who are or have been in the same position as yourself. Being out of work might affect both your self esteem and your self of identity. Remember to be kind to yourself during this time, as work and our jobs are a huge part of who we are. Above all, take care of yourself and take time to reflect on what makes you happy and fulfilled at work.
Thoroughly revisit the job description:
The job description is what will drive the job posting. Things can change so quickly and some of the main points on the job spec may now be up to date. You may end up attracting people to apply that are unsuitable for the role. The job description should express the desired technical skills as well as outlining the current responsibilities and expectations. If you are unsure about the expectations asked, ask someone in that department or whoever is currently working the role for their input.
Do your research:
Make sure to do some research on the role and company you’re applying for. You can then use this information to tailor your letter correctly. When writing your letter you should try and answer the following questions:
Try a faux commute:
The last thing you want is to be late on your first day of your new job. While it may not be necessary to do the full commute on the run up to your first day. It may be worthwhile to check Google Maps for commute times, such as expected traffic on the route during rush hour on a weekday morning. The main thing you want to understand is how long it is expected to take to commute to work on a normal day.
Make yourself easy to find:
When it comes to recruiters, they are more likely to reach out to you. Be sure to make yourself visible. Whether this is by posting your most up to date CV online, having an active and up to date LinkedIn profile and you could also try and attend professional events such as job fairs in your area.
Research the company:
On the run up to your interview, be sure to spend some time researching everything you can about the company - from either the company's Social Media or a good old google search. On many occasions candidates only look at the information the company is pushing out on their job spec or what they have been told during an initial conversation. By looking at multiple sources, you will be able to paint a picture of how the company operates (along with any negative press they may have). You will then be ready to talk about why you would like the opportunity to join the company as you know a good amount of background.
What is a CV?
A CV, which stands for curriculum vitae, is a document used when you are applying for jobs. It allows you to summarise your education, skills and experience, which in turn allows you to sell your abilities to potential employers. Alongside your CV employers may also ask for a cover letter.
Have a great Profile Picture:
Alongside your name, your profile picture on LinkedIn is one of the first things people see. Whether it’s in search results, when you make a post or when you like, comment or share other posts. It’s important as it can make or break the individual's first impression of you. Although the worst thing you can do is have no profile picture at all. This opens up the thought that it may be a fake account. So, when it comes to choosing a profile picture, make sure you are smiling, the picture should be clear and visible, not dimly-lit and be sure to make it reflect the line of work you are in or looking at, if possible. So, before making your LinkedIn profile stand out, make sure you have a great photo selected.